HBOT and MS

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Over the past two decades, extensive international medical research has demonstrated that HBO can play an extremely important role in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). In many European countries, HBO is now considered an integral part of the MS treatment program – in England alone, over 10,000 MS patients are currently receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

In a recent publication in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, a Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Double-blind Study,” researchers demonstrated significant objective improvements in a variety of MS symptoms in 70% of patients treated. At one year after treatment, deterioration was noted in 55% of MS patients not treated as compared to only 12% of patients who underwent hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

Neurological Patient – Benefit of HBOT

THE BENEFITS OF HBOT FOR THE NEUROLOGICAL PATIENT.  A MOTHER DESCRIBES THE IMPROVEMENTS THEY HAVE SEEN IN THEIR DAUGHTER AFTER RECEIVING HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY.

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Helping Charlotte and many patients in similar circumstances, is why Hyperbaric Healing Institute exists.  As a provider of HBOT, we want well informed patients/families, who have the desire to receive HBOT, to be able to receive this therapy.  Every patient’s needs/issues are unique, but improvements in patients’ conditions are possible and it is the goal of both families and staff.

If there is one factor that we could stress to any individual or family, regarding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), is that early intervention is a very important component in recovery.  Intervening early after trauma or diagnosis does improve the opportunity for greater benefit.  To read more about Hyperbaric Healing Institute, HBOT and what is offered at our office, please click on the links below.

Hyperbaric Healing Institute provides state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical procedure that involves the patient being placed in a completely enclosed chamber in which the atmosphere is controlled and the patient is able to breathe pure 100 percent oxygen. This level exceeds atmospheric pressure. The hyperbaric process places oxygen in places within the body at a cellular level, and also where the circulation might be blocked. HBOT therapy is not painful and it is not an invasive procedure. HBOT therapy can be used in conjunction with other medical treatments as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Learn More *

Head Versus Heart: Do Passions Fuel Good MS Science or Drive Unrealistic Hopes?

The Cure MS Foundation of New York – an organization founded by a woman who found hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) “extremely helpful” for her MS and openly advocates for FDA approval of HBOT for MS – has announced funding for a new study to be conducted at the Stony Brook MS Comprehensive Care Center.  This study will add steroid therapy to the use of high-pressure oxygen to examine its result on recovery from MS attacks. Read entire article

Hyperbaric-Oxygen Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis — A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study

Abstract

Several uncontrolled studies have suggested a beneficial effect of hyperbaric oxygen on multiple sclerosis. We studied 40 patients with advanced chronic multiple sclerosis who were randomly divided into two matching groups. The experimental group received pure oxygen, and the placebo group received a mixture of 10 per cent oxygen and 90 percent nitrogen; both groups were treated at a pressure of 2 atmospheres absolute for 90 minutes once daily, for a total of 20 exposures. Objective improvement occurred in 12 of 17 patients treated with hyperbaric oxygen and in 1 of 20 patients treated with placebo (P<0.0001). Improvement was transient in seven of the patients treated with oxygen and long-lasting in five. Those with less severe forms of the disease had a more favorable and lasting response.

At one year of follow-up, deterioration was noticed in 2 patients (12 per cent) in the oxygen group, neither of whom had had an initial response, and in 11 patients (55 per cent) in the placebo group, one of whom had had a positive initial response (P<0.0008). Minor ear problems and reversible myopia were the only side effects observed.

These preliminary results suggest a positive, though transient, effect of hyperbaric oxygen on advanced multiple sclerosis, warranting further study. This therapy cannot be generally recommended without longer follow-up periods and additional confirmatory experience. (N Engl J Med. 1983;308:181–6.)

 

Boguslav H. Fischer, M.D., Morton Marks, M.D., and Theobald Reich, M.D.

N Engl J Med 1983; 308:181-186January 27, 1983DOI: 10.1056/NEJM198301273080402

Linda B

Dear Hyperbaric Healing Institute,

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January 1995.   Since that time, I have progressively become more debilitated.  I was walking very slowly with a cane to maintain my balance and my energy level was low. I tired quickly from the simplest of tasks.  I had to watch how much energy I exerted, overdoing anything would result in exhaustion and resting for at least a day.

In January 2003, I did my first hyperbaric oxygen treatment at the Hyperbaric Healing Institute.  After the first treatment, I walked out of the chamber and I no longer felt the “burning pain” in my feet and legs.  The treatments have steadily improved my energy level, balance, memory and endurance.

On March 28, 2003, I walked into the Hyperbaric Healing Institute without the use of my cane!  My energy level has soared and I have regained the “sensation” in my hands.  The burning “pins and needles” pain in my feet and legs has decreased.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is as easy as the activities available during the treatment – playing cards, watching a movie or just reading a book.  With the treatments, I have experienced no side effects.  As far as I am concerned, this has been a lifesaver for me – it has definitely improved my quality of life!

Sincerely,

Linda

 

Fall 2004 Update

My “maintenance” treatment that I receive every 3-4 weeks at HHI has made drastic improvements in my quality of life.  Just over two years ago driving a car was difficult for me, I would only venture out no more than 10 miles from home.  Just this summer I drove from Kansas City to Columbia, a 2 hour trip, with no problem.  Also, this past summer has been very stressful for me but I feel with HBOT my MS symptoms have stayed in-check.   Just last week I was cleaning out some boxes and found a note from 3 years ago, my handwriting was very bad and it was so difficult for me to write because I had lost so much feeling in my hand.  Now most of the feeling is back and I have no problem writing. *

Cappi

I experienced my first Multiple Sclerosis symptoms in November, 1994 with an official diagnosis the summer of 1995.  I have tried several forms of treatment but none as successful or effortless as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  During my research of various treatments for MS, I read of a woman in England who raved about the success of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) for herself and for all those struggling with the effects of MS in Europe.  I was unsuccessful at locating an HBOT chamber in the Midwest or the nation that would treat a person with MS at that time, and so I surrendered the idea of ever experiencing HBOT.

Webster’s dictionary defines godsend as “a desirable or needed thing or event that comes unexpectedly”; this is what the Hyperbaric Healing Institute is to me and my husband.  When I first began HBOT, the summer of 2003, I had been bothered for years with severely numb toes.  I had a blurry spot on my left eye as a result of an MS attack from over a year before, as well as balance problems and bladder control issues.  The day following my very first treatment I regained the feeling in all of my toes.  Within a few weeks of treatment my balance had improved dramatically, the sense of urgency with my bladder had subsided, and my eye sight was fully restored with an added benefit of deeper sleep through the nights.  Though HBOT is not the cure for MS, the dramatic results it has had on my health has been far superior to anything I could have hoped for or have experienced with any of the other treatments I have tried, or even heard of.  I am able to maintain these improvements with weekly to monthly treatments.

Due to a congenital condition, I had my right hip replaced April 15, 2002 and my left hip replaced November 10, 2003.  I was able to begin HBOT as soon as I left the hospital in November, 2003 and it made a dramatic difference in my recovery as opposed to the recovery of my right hip replacement in 2002.  The side effects of the anesthetic were greatly diminished – I felt more like myself within a week, verses the months of anguish I experienced after the first surgery.  HBOT enabled me to experience a deeper, more restful sleep, and expedited the healing process, including the healing of the actual incision.  The treatments have also loosened my muscles that previously were unable to stretch due to pain.  This enabled me to have a more normal gait.

The Hyperbaric Healing Institute has truly been a godsend.  It has given me hope for a healthier life and has blessed me with some true friendships.  Thank you David and Lisa!  I fear I will never be able to express my sincere gratitude for the sacrifices you have made to establish this service – know that our deepest appreciation is there and we love you!